03 The Predictable Biological Mechanisms of Anxiety – Premium Content

Brain research and the science of thought are broad fields, but we know now that the brain is not static. Every thought actively changes your brain and body for better or worse. Toxic, negative thoughts and emotions are controllable, transformable, and healable, even after long-term habits of painful negativity!

Find out the predictable biological mechanisms of anxiety, and begin working toward rest in this episode. 

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What we discussed | Show Notes


Minutes 00:12:00 – The spiritual root of anxiety; anxiety and sin 

Minutes 12:01-24:00 –   Brain science and science of thought; the connection between thoughts and emotions and the body 

Minutes 24:01-36:00 – Incoming sensory information; processing in the thalamus; hypothalamus prepares chemical response; endocrine system secretes proper chemicals 

Minutes 36:01-48:00 – Amygdala as temporary storage, connected to frontal lobe and decision making; hippocampus classifies thought and emotion as temporary or permanent and converts; neuroplasticity and changing the brain with reflection and healing with the Holy Spirit’s wisdom 


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